Dog training facility graduates 300 trainers

July 19, 2012

FAIRPLAY, Md. — The Peaceable Paws dog training facility in Fairplay has announced that with its most recent Level 1 dog trainer academy graduation on July 14, more than 300 trainers and would-be trainers from around the world have completed the weeklong course.

Created and taught by positive-reinforcement trainer and behavior consultant Pat Miller, the academy borrows dogs from the Humane Society of Washington County for a week of intensive training at the 80-acre campus on Spielman Road in Fairplay.

Trainers study the basic scientific principles of behavior and learning, and acquire hands-on experience with untrained dogs. The shelter dogs get a week of training, increasing their adoption potential.

Each academy dog also receives a certificate for a free six-week training class at Peaceable Paws with their new owners.

Trainers have come to Washington County from as far away as Japan, Brazil, Australia and the United Arab Emirates to study with Miller, who also is the author of several dog-training books, including the “Power of Positive Training” and “Do Over Dogs.”

The most recent graduates hail from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Illinois and Missouri.

After successfully completing a Level 1 academy, trainers can return to Peaceable Paws for advanced academies, including behavior modification, instructor academy, advanced training and behavior study, and canine aggression.

Trainers who complete three or more academies receive the title of “Pat Miller Certified Trainer.” The courses also award continuing education units to trainers who are certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

Also an accomplished horsewoman who instructed U.S. Olympic equestrian team rider Beezie Madden when the medal-winning Olympian was a young girl, Miller is planning an equine training and behavior academy in 2013, in addition to her canine courses.

Miller’s husband, Paul, also a lifelong animal professional, is executive director of the humane society.

In addition to the academies, Peaceable Paws offers other services to dog owners and professionals, including apprenticeships, workshops, seminars, group training classes, and private training and behavior consultations.

For more information, call 301-582-9420, send an email to or go to

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